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Kenai Fjords – Ressurection Bay

We originally signed up for the 12 hour boat tour but inclement weather conditions prevented the boat from leaving the safety of Ressurection Bay. They downgraded us to a 4 hour boat ride with a stop at Fox Island for lunch. We were still able to enjoy a lot of the wildlife from the boat and great looks at Bear Glacier.

Bear Glacier
Bear Glacier

Tufted Puffin
Tufted Puffin

Mountain Goat
Mountain Goat

Sea Otter
Sea Otter

Common Murre
Common Murre

Black-legged Kittiwake
Black-legged Kittiwake

Barrow's Goldeneye
Barrow’s Goldeneye

Steller Sea Lion
Steller Sea Lion

Moose
Moose

After the boat trip, we drove north and spent the night at a cottage right along Kenai Lake – which was breathtaking.

Kenai Lake
Kenai Lake

 

Posted by on May 29, 2012 in Photography Adventures

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Exit Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park

While hiking up to Exit Glacier near Seward, we had an EXTREMELY CLOSE encounter with a female Brown Bear. The rangers had warned us there was a sow with 2 cubs in the area but it had been seen farther up the hill.

Sara was walking about 30 yards behind me – since she was being much more careful than I was while walking across the ice and snow. She yelled something but I couldn’t make out what she was saying. She yelled out again, and I was finally able to make out the word “BEAR“.

No sooner than me figuring out what she was calling out, a female Brown Bear jumped out onto the trail behind her!! My mind was racing with so many different thoughts but I managed to stay calm and told her to just keep talking loudly to me and continue walking toward me at a steady pace – don’t run – and don’t turn around to look!

Kodiak Bear
Kodiak Bear

The bear looked our way, made a snorting sound and then ran off in the opposite direction – full speed – I’d guess at least 20 mph. The bear was probably more concerned with where her cubs were than us who posed no threat to her at that moment. We concluded later it was good Sara didn’t turn around to look because she most likely would have panicked.

On a much more enlightening note, I discovered a Common Redpoll nest above my head while this was all happening!

Common Redpoll
Common Redpoll

Common Redpoll
Common Redpoll

 

Posted by on May 28, 2012 in Photography Adventures

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